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One of the French traditions was, and still is, a 'Muguet'..........
'FranceOn May 1, 1561, King Charles IX of France received a lily of the valley as a lucky charm. He decided to offer a lily of the valley each year to the ladies of the court. At the beginning of the 20th century, it became custom to give a sprig of lily of the valley, a symbol of springtime, on May 1. The government permits individuals and workers' organisations to sell them tax-free. Nowadays, people may present loved ones either with bunches of lily of the valley or dog rose flowers.'
Incidentally, this business is lucrative. It is sold on most corners of the road, shops and all points North, South, East, West, it is accepted as a 'non-taxable' (or tolerated as such) and the 'side of the road sales' last year brought in 35,9 million €........!
Another 'tradition' is the political défile....'the political march'.
Started years ago by the PS (Parti Socialiste - Socialist Party) I now understand that the 'FN' (Front Nationale - National Front) have taken it up!
In Germany and the East of France (very Germanic) the 'MAIBAUM' is a popular event. Supported, as usual, by gallons of beer and uncountable roast chickens, wurst and other things this is very popular all over Germany
The French tend to stay within their families, there are no particular specials, the next one will be at 'Pentecôte' which will be VEAL!
So - there you are - 'Celebrating work' is done by STAYING AT HOME........!
Not a bad idea.
Have a nice 1st of May.